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Serving as UIF Since:Spring 2014

School: University of Oklahoma, Computer Science

What she does now:Inclusive Design at Microsoft

What that means:Work with teams across Microsoft to build inclusive products/services and create an inclusive culture with everyone from new hires to executives.

Contact him about:Inclusive Design; creative spaces and/or makerspaces; technology strategy (startup or large company); Photography + videography;


Phone: (972) 365-8656

Hey There - My name is Ryan Phillips and I currently work at Microsoft as a Culture Engineer! What does that mean? Basically, I try to shift the culture of one of the largest companies in the world to be more inclusive. This includes making our products, such as new hardware or Xbox games, delight all users, regardless of their abilities. You can see what my day-job looks like here.

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in summer 2015 with my masters in Computer Science.During my time at OU, I worked in a consulting role with many Oklahoma-based startups in industries such as robotic surgery, book publishing, and vaccination development. My UIF project connected groups from across campus to build the Innovation Hub at OU, a multi-disciplinary space that allows students to experiment with projects regardless of what major they are. We began work in early 2014, broke ground in late 2015, and spring 2017 welcomed the first students to the space!

Beyond work, I LOVE photography (check it out here), and have recently been experimenting with drone videography - check out my latest prototype here!

I’m happy to talk to anyone about anything, and I feel like I can help the most with students working on projects based on inclusion, creative spaces, and/or technology (CS, hardware, strategy, etc)!

Thanks :)

Great Links

These are some of my favorite and most helpful things on the internet :)

  • How To Start a Startup - One of the best collections of articles and videos on everything around a startup.
  • NeuraLink article on WaitButWhy - Love this in-depth article on the brain, Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs) and Elon's strategy around startups.
  • ... More coming soon ...

UIF Links

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Student Priorities

University Innovation Fellows

Spring 2016:

Holly Crawford

Brad Morrow

Spring 2015:

Candace Alsenay

Laura Davis

Ashley Findley

Alexandra Hamon

Andrew Lambeth

Spring 2014:

Lauren Abston

Ryan Phillips